NEW YORK -
U.S. stock index futures fell on Monday, indicating that last week's decline would continue as investors questioned the global economy's growth prospects.
German business sentiment dropped for a fifth successive month in September to its lowest level since early 2010, showing even the strongest of Europe's economies is succumbing to an economic downturn despite the European Central Bank's recently announced bond-buying plan. European shares <.FTEU3> lost 0.6 percent.
Equities have advanced sharply in recent months on expectations for central bank stimulus. On September 13, the Federal Reserve announced a third round of quantitative easing intended to bolster the economy and reduce U.S. unemployment.
With the S&P 500 up more than 7 percent so far this quarter, investors have sought new catalysts to push shares decivesly in either direction. Moves have been slight lately while volume is light. The S&P fell 0.4 percent last week, though the session with the biggest move only had the benchmark index down 0.3 percent.
S&P 500 futures fell 5.9 points and were below fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures lost 50 points and Nasdaq 100 futures sank 10 points.
Transport stocks will remain in focus a week after two large shipping companies - FedEx Corp.
U.S. stocks closed flat on Friday even as investors welcomed Spain's efforts to seek a bailout and were lifted by gains in Apple.
(Editing by W Simon)